Frans Timmermans tells EU can withstand Brexit and populism because young people are instinctively European
The EU needs to speak to people hopes and plans for tomorrow if Europe is to avoid the horrible hangover of nationalism, one of the bloc most senior leaders has said.
As European managers prepare to gather in Rome on Saturday to observe 60 years of European integration, Frans Timmermans, a vice-president of the European committee, said Europe gambled becoming part of the problem if it was unable to connect with people in a better style.
A former Dutch foreign minister, he warned that if parties did not detect protection of Europe, then Europe becomes part of the problem instead of the solution. Parties would turn to nationalism, which he compared to hitting the bottle. It operates a bit like alcoholism. It might feel good in the night, but you wake up with a cruel hangover the next morning.
Timmermans, a grandson of coal miners who express six languages, drew a distinction between patriotism and patriotism. Tells be clear: a nationalist is not a patriot. Why is[ the Russian chairman] Vladimir Putin a supporter of the nationalists in Europe? Because they diluted us. A true-blue patriot is also a European.
The EU has not been able to persuade people with federalist earnestnes but necessary real solutions to tackle the vigour crisis, the environmental crisis, health inequalities in the world as well as measures to help us live in agreement, that fetching progress and jobs.
He also criticised legislators for blaming Brussels when happens go wrong. It has become procedure for national legislators to blame Europe, he said in an interview with Suddeutsche Zeitung, shared with the Guardian and other European newspapers. When something runs, they claim it as their success. When something doesnt drive, then Europe is to blame. That has an impact.
He lent: We are were so afraid of representing Europe from the heart that we protected it with rational contentions simply People dont was of the view that. And politics should never be about yesterday or today but about hopes and a blueprint for tomorrow.
His terms strike a similar chord to those of his boss, Jean-Claude Juncker, who criticised former prime minister David Cameron for is difficult to make a positive instance for Europe in the four-month referendum expedition, after years of telling voters something is wrong with the EU.
Theresa May will not meet the EUs 27 other managers on the Capitoline Hill in Rome for the ceremonial incident on Saturday. The British prime minister, who are capable of launch Britains EU exit talks at the end of the month, decided it was not appropriate to be at an happen celebrating 60 years of European harmony .~ ATAGEND
Likewise, her precede Harold Macmillan was absent on 25 March 1957 when France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Italy signed international treaties that paved the route for the modern EU of 28 countries and 510 million people.
Timmermans is an anglophile, a self-declared fan of chatshow host Graham Norton and Gary Lineker on Match of the Day. After the Brexit vote, he withdrew his recognitions of discovering Shakespeare and British queueing while at an English school. In the interrogation he stressed that the Dutch strategic pertain since the 1950 s had been to get the Brits to join us but used to say Brexit meant developments in the situation had basically changed, but not just for the Dutch.
These are tectonic changes. And when tectonic illustrations start moving, somewhere there will be a got a couple of earthquakes. That is always the case.
His messages resemble EU diplomats from countries traditionally friendly to Britain, who have said they prize EU unity before ties with the UK.
Unity will be on display, when EU managers gather in Rome to sign a declaration, pledging even greater harmony and solidarity among us and the ensuring compliance with common rules. But the party intentions ought to have spoiled by a spat with Greece, which has refused to sign the text until there is a stronger account on labour rights protection.
The Greek government is mired in a bitter dispute with its EU creditors over its bailout, in a row that accentuates how unresolved problems recur the European project in its 60 th year. As well as the eurozone crisis and Brexit, member states are divided over how to share the task of managing refugees and migrants arriving on its southern perimeters.
In the past 10 times we have really only experienced emergencies: an economic crisis, a movement crisis, terrorism, Timmermans replied. A young person of 22 would have watched little else than a Europe that is struggling with globalisation.
But he said he was optimistic, insisting that young people remained instinctively pro-European.
Young people say they dont like the relevant institutions, which is fine because these are just instruments, but for them Europe is the space in which “hes living”, hurtle and understand one another, he replied.
Im from Limburg, near the German margin. My parents married in 1959 and has now come to Amsterdam on honeymoon. That was a huge thought occurrence for them. Now my children hover off for the weekend to Riga, Prague or Barcelona.